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RESOLVED (Resolveert) WALDRON Seventeenth Century Interpreter

The testimony of three 17th Century black slaves

By Author Gloria Waldron Hukle

Generally it is understood Resolved Waldron who had arrived in New Amsterdam (later New York City)  in 1654, was a bit of a linguist. Waldron could speak fluent Dutch, English and Portuguese.  As a surveyor employed by the Dutch West India Company he accompanied the Dutch speaking, Czechoslovakian born map maker and merchant, Augustine Heerman, to resolve border disputes as far away as Maryland.  Traveling the through the wilderness of those times, It would also be convenient to speak various Native American dialects. Of course, it is also said that in mid-17th Century Manhattan one could hear eighteen languages spoken when traversing the streets of New Amsterdam.

History tells us that Resolved Waldron was an assistant night sheriff when he first came to New Amsterdam from Holland, but early on he was also made ?overseer of the workmen? and the ?workmen? would probably have been slaves owned by the Dutch West India Company. This makes sense because Resolved and his family lived on the corner of today?s Broadway and Wall Street which in those times was directly across the street from the ?Company Farm?.

 Prior to living in New Amsterdam, Resolved Waldron had spent several years in Brazil where, no doubt, he picked up the Portuguese language.  Some Dutch West India Company slaves would have spent time on Dutch sugar plantations in Brazil before ending up in New Amsterdam and surrounds.

In 1662 Resolved acted as interpreter, translating Portuguese to English for three black slaves in a court case that involved a white tavern keeper who had kept his establishment open on a Sunday during the time of Sunday services.  Those who testified, i.e., the customers, were Matthew, owned by Cornelius Steenwyck,  Swan owned by Govert Lockermans and Frans owned by Thomas Hall.  All swore they had not begun to drink until the church services had let out. Because of their testimony the tavern owner,  was acquitted.

Although we know next to nothing about these three men who saved the day for the tavern keeper, I was curious to know about the men who owned them.

 Dutch merchant Cornelius Steenwyck arrived in New Netherland 1652. He served two terms as Mayor of New York City.  He was Mayor from 1668 to 1670 and also from 1682 to 1683.  Steenwyck died in 1684. He was an extremely wealthy man?wealth in part acquired transporting tobacco and slaves from the West African coast to Virginia on the ships he owned.

Decades prior to Resolved Waldrons?s arrival in 1654,  Govert Lockermans came to the New World as a boy of sixteen and went to work as a clerk for the Dutch West India Company. Lockermans was bravely outspoken against New Netherland Director General Kieft for his mistreatment of the local Indians.   As an Indian trader who traded with the natives as far away as Rensselaerwyck (today Rensselaer County, New York) and south to today?s Delaware,  Lockermans was a ramrod pushing against provincial authority, and yet, because of his fair-mindedness, he would go on to be a wealthy trader and high ranking politician in New York municipal government.  I suspect had he lived in more modern times he would have loved Frank Sinatra?s song ?My Way?.  Govert Lockermans died in 1671.

Thomas Hall began his life as an indentured servant in New England and later ended up in New Amsterdam working as a hired overseer of farm workers for Jacob Van Curler. More than likely the ?workers? were African slaves.  At one time he owned a Tobacco warehouse; a barn one hundred feet long and 24 feet wide.  His farm was located near Spruce and Beekman Street in New York City. (Today this lower Manhattan location is the site of several skyscrapers including one of the highest residential apartment buildings in the world?Beekman Towers.) Later in life Hall owned a brewery. Like Lockermans, he also worked in municipal government and he was one of the first fire wardens in the Colony. Hall died in 1670.

Gloria Waldron Hukle is the author of Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple, Souls of the Soil, Threads an American Tapestry and The Diary of a Northern Moon.

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August 2015 visit by Gloria Waldron Hukle

Focus- Quackenbosch/ Quackenbush Families and the Douw Families of Albany, New York.

The founder of the Douw family of early Albany, N.Y. was Volckert Janse Douw who seems to have arrived America 1638. *

Pieter Quackenbush and wife Maria were New Netherland settlers -Pieter owned and operated the Albany brickyards. The old Dutch Bible belonging to my ancestor Harmon Quackenbush is displayed at this site (Pieter's ggreat grandson) Bible as of this date housed at Schaghticoke, New York -Diver Library.

Harmon Quackenbush's Bible which was purchased of Harmon Grosbeck and Genet Winney in l775 can be viewed at this site. Original date of Bible 1741 written in Dutch.  Harmon's son Jacob Quackenbush born 1771 inherited this Bible which today is at the  Schaghticoke, New York Library.

* Info from the web-  The marriage record of Magdalena Quackenbosch and
Jonas Volkertz Douw is the first entry in the registers of the
Albany Dutch Church which have been preserved.

 Pieter W. Quackenbush (a grandson of Pieter ref. above) and Volckert A. Douw-descendant of Volckert Janse, were partners in the business of making rum during the French and Indian War Period and beyond. Thanks to an Albany excavation project we learned that the Distillery was located outside of the City of Albany next to the Hudson River.  In those times rum was not to be sold to soldiers inside of the city limits and this was a perfect location. Rum, which was made in large wooden vats with  portions of "river water" and molasses (a by product of sugar)  fermented 12 -14 days. Rum was one of the main beverages drunk in the mid l700s.  British soldiers were issued a quart of rum per day for every four soldiers. It has been recorded that soldiers were drunk a good portion of each day.  Rum was also used in punch which men, women and children drank. Drinking rum was considered "good for health".  The Quackenbush-Douw facility could produce about 250 gallons of rum per day!

Rum depended upon the African Slave trade....the slaves worked the  Sugar Plantations.  Resolved Waldron (MANHATTAN SEEDS OF THE BIG APPLE) was once an overseer of workmen in Brazil prior to relocation in New Amsterdam where he lived with his family on the corner of Broadway and current day Wall Street. His first position was as night sheriff under Director General, Pieter Stuyvesant. Later he moved to Harlem. Resolveert Waldron spoke Dutch, English, Portuguese-once acting as interpreter for the Negroes of Cornelius Steenwyck, Govert Loockermans and Thomas Hall in court.


Thanks to the wonderful vision of Charles L. Fisher (1949-2007) the New York State Museum's first Curator of Historical Archealogy and his many colleagues.   Along with the Museum I offer my sincere thanks to The Bender Family Foundation, Alan Goldberg, The Alan Goldberg Charitable Trust, George McNamee, and Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc. as well as all who contributed to the Charles L. Fisher Fund.

Also check new page Manhattan Residents at this site recently added.

Well researched Historical Novels by Gloria Waldron Hukle all Now available for your Kindle at

If you enjoy Adirondack Novels read Hukle's "The Diary of a Northern Moon" set in North Creek, Lake George and Albany, New York. More info visit

Very Old Native American Albany, New York History

From the Journal of Abraham Yates...1794-1795 (Albany Chronicles)

JACOB WALDRON AND HIS WIFE...who had been captured by Shawnee Indians with a part of General Wayne's army , but escaped in March, arrive from Detroil and helped financially on their way by Humane Society.

Postmaster at Albany at this time (1795) George W. Mancius

With heartfelt thanks to Sharon Garrison of Brentwood, California

"They cry out: "Tell Our Story!! So we do.

With love and caring we record each fact of their existence.  Because we are them and they are us.  We might be born that we might remember them.  So we the chosen tell their story."

Canadian Readers please enjoy my "French Connection" at this website in the Gallery.

In 1804 Judah Bradt (daughter of Daniel Bradt) married William G. Waldron at Schaghticoke, New York. Judah's mother was Alida Quackenbush b. Dec. 22, 1759 , the eldest daughter of Harmon Quackenbush and Judike Morrall all of Schaghticoke.

Free Will Baptist Church-Rev. Orrin Wynant Waldron born at North Creek, New York July 13, 1858 the son of Wynant and Ann (West) Waldron. He consecrated his life to God in 1878 and was educated at Hillsdale College in Michigan receiving honors from the literary society for excellence in oratory. In 1884 he married Mary E. Phillips.

This map dated 1695 was found in the Book:
In Olde New York. The map was on the fold of the page. A Leg of the Waldron Family moved from Old Manhattan to Harlem, then in 1699 Pieter the grandson of Resolved Waldron  to Albany where Pieter Waldron and his wife Tryntie (Catherine) Waldron raised a large family. Within the old church records I discovered the baptism of Cornelius in the year l705. His Godfather was Cornelis Van Aalstede along with his wife Maria. That was a busy day in l705 as Lena the daughter of Abraham Van Aalstede and Maria Van Deuse was also baptised. Witness for Lena was Mattheus Van Deuse and Maria Wendel. Years later-August 30th in the year 1719 Rebecca Waldron daughter of Pieter Waldron and his Cate-(Rebecca would marry Yates) was baptised on the same day as David Vander Poel who was the son of Wynant VanderPoel. Wynant VanderPoel and his wife Catryn Gilbert VanderPoel witnessed Rebecca's baptism. One hudred years later in the early l800s William G. Waldron would move his family to North Creek New York.


At New Amsterdam

Pieter Stoutenburg-who was the father-in-law to Resolved's son William Waldron -Stoutenburg is credited with bringing the first tulips to America.  Pieter came from Holland about 1647 and was treasurer of New Amsterdam in 1676. He was also a brewer .

Horace Henderson of North Creek, New York


This is an l800s portrait of the Horance Henderson family of North Creek, New York, with the youngest child sitting on Horance?s lap, believed to be the daughter of Harriet and Samuel Turner. Harriet is at the far right. Far left is Mary C Henderson next is Sarah C, the wife of David Carr.; Behind Horace is Clara M, wife of Edwin Carey. She would be sister-in-law to Phoebe Carey who married William Dalaba.

And Amanda, Horace?s wife is sitting- see the Henderson Family photo at this site.

A Waldron,Mack,Ginsburg News Clip from the Warrensburgh News-April 28th, 1921

North Creek to Have Hotel- Modern Hostelry to be Built and Conducted by Jesse J. Waldron -North Creek is soon to have a new hotel, a luxury the village has not enjoyed since the Straight house was burned two or three years ago.  If present plans are carried out the structure will stand on the site known as the John Mack property, near the North Creek Railroad Station, which has been purchased by Jesse J. Waldron from Isaac Ginsburg of Glens Falls.  Mr. Waldron has announced his intention of building on the site, in the immediate future, a modern hotel with twenty sleeping rooms.  For several years Mr. Waldron was agent for the American Glue Company of Boston in charge of their garnet mine at North River, New York which position he resigned some time ago.

(Jesse Waldron was married to Ella Morehouse Waldron at the time of this announcement. He had two small boys, Walter and William Waldron)

Isaac Ginsburg had sons, Michael and Robert Ginsburg

For History Hunters the portrait of Pieter Waldron (1675-1725) is held by the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum at Williamsburg, Va.


Interesting History -Ferries of Lower Manhattan Island in the l700s

Around l760 several lessess of the Manhattan ferry followed in quick succession. This ferry lay within the lines of Brooklyn.  An innovation was made in dividing the privileges between two holders, Captain Francis Koffler and William Pontine.  This double lease system lasted three years afterwhich  the sole rights were given to Samuel Waldron a farmer. .  When in l770 his term was about to expire, Waldron (from the line of Resolved Waldron of Harlem) Waldron requested a renewal without the usual public auction.  Although such procedure was contrary to all practiace, the common council agreed to it. and rented the ferry at a low figure.  Two years later Waldron died (l772) and upon the pttition of Nicholas P. Bogart the lease was transfrred to him BUT  for some unknown reason, Bogart did not accept the lease!  And the ferry rights were given to Adolph Waldron.

Speaking of Old Harlem -the Waldron, Benson, Ingraham and Romer.

Johannes Waldron (son of Johannes) married December 10, 1719 Elizabeth , daughter of Samson Benson, but he died Dec. l0, 1724.  His widow married John Romer and went to live in Bergen County , New Jersey but returned to Harlem where Romer purchased in l744 and held till the Revolution or later, the square plot in the village south of the Church Lane which John P. Waldron devised in l806 to his daughter, Cornelia who married S. D. Ingraham.


Something Interesting about Orange County, New York....

1702 Census for Orange lists 54 Men, Married Women -40, Negro Slaves 33. The remaining majority of 142 persons were unmarried women, girls and boys under 16.


North CreekTo Have Hotel-published The Warrensburgh News-Thursday, April 28, 1921

Modern Hostelry to be Built and Conducted by Jesse. J. Waldron

North Creek (New York) is soon to have a new hotel, a luxury the village has not enjoyed since the Straight house was burned two or three years ago.  If present plans are carried out the structure will stand on the site known as the John Mack property,near the North Creek railroad station, which has been purchased by Jesse J. Waldron from Isaac Ginsburg, of Glens Falls (NY) Mr. Waldron has announced his intention of buiilding on the site, in the immediate future, a modern hotel with twenty sleeping rooms.  For several years Mr. Waldron was agent for the American Glue Company of Boston in charge of their garnet mine at North River, which position be resigned some time ago.

Note: Jesse J. Waldron was the grandfather of Author Gloria Waldron Hukle


Claessen, Waldron, Walton and Gracie - Lovers of Manhattan Agriculture

by Gloria Waldron Hukle

In l702, Samuel Waldron (youngest son of Resolved) purchased a slice of Manhahttan farmland then known as Hoorn's Hook which is located five miles north of the tip of Manhattan.  Today a section of that land seats Gracie Mansion-The People's House, official home to the 108th Mayor of the City of New York, Michael Bloomberg, who restored it and made it so in 2002.  The history of how "The People's House" came to be is interesting and holds special meaning for so many of us whose families have called New York home for centuries.

A decade would pass before Samuel Waldron would move to his new acquisition.  After selling his deceased father's farm at Van Keulen's Hook in Harlem inherited in l690, Samuel increased the size of his Hoorn Hook farm by 115 acres and moved there with his family.  In l720 he would increase the size of the family farm again when he purchased another ten acres from a Dutchman, Peter Van Oblienis.  At his death in l737, Samuel Waldron owned 156 acres of Manhattan.

This Manhanttan wilderness land where Waldron and his wife Neeltje Blootgoot/Bloodgood (Daughter of Francis Bloodgood of Flushing) made their lives was first owned in part by another Dutchman, Sybout Claessen who was granted 5 acres in l646 calling the place Horne/Hoorn Hook after his hometown in the Netherland.  Claessen and the Waldrons may well have been acquainted long before the land deals as both Claessen and Samuel's father, Resolved, were at the same time inhabitants of New Amsterdam.

In l770 the Waldron family sold a portion of the farm to Jacob Walton who built a large house that later was commandeered by George Washington's troops.  A woman's tears were shed long before the Battle of Harlem Heights.  An old news article tells of Jacob Walton's wife bursting into tears when evicted from her beautiful home.  Mrs. Walton's tears and sacrifice are remembered Februiary 22nd as we commemorate George Washington's birthday.  Eventually the Walton family heirs would sell the propertyi to Scottish born Archibald Gracie, an affluent New York City merchant who, utilizingthe Walton's foundation, built up his new country house in l799.  This was the birth of Gracie Mansion - The People's House.

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The Warrensburg News -A North Creek Death
Thursday, November 11, 1954
Mrs. Jane (Ward) Hitchcock. 90, died
today at the home of her daugh-
ter Mrs. Floyd Stewart. North Creek
She is also survived by another
daughter. Mrs. Edith Waldron.
North Creek: two sons,
Arthur Hitchcock of North Creek
and Earl Hitchcock of Glens Falls
a brother William Ward,
Witherbee; 15 grandchildren. 32
great-grandchildren and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted
at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home
of Mrs. Stewart by the Rev.
George Folsom pastor of the
Johnsburg Methodist Church
Burial was in Bates Cemetery,
 * Floyd Stewart and Alte Hitchcock were married June l8, 1909 as per the journal of Etson Hitchcock, Bakers Mills, New York
Waldron Olde Holland Homestead

Glen Borghoff visited Holland not long ago and sent these photos of Resolved Waldron's old neighborhood Amsterdam(Teerketelsteeg) in Holland. Note the date on the tavern in l614.  We suspect that Resolved, family and friends visited.


The Fellows (Veller, Feller, Fellers of the Hudson Valley-New York
Jacob Feller born about 1753 in Rhinebeck, New York, settled in the present Town of SandLake, Rensselaer County New York.  He served in the Albany Co. Militia in the Revolution. Married Barbara Haidley and had several children. Nicholas Feller b. Oct. 30, 1781., John, b. 1783, Samuel b. 1785, Catharine b. 1787 married John H. Craver in 1806.  Nicholas b. 1789, Anna Maria -1794, Elizabeth b. 1798, Philip b. 1801, Jacob b. Feb. 1804, George, b. 1807


Continue for Schaghticoke Baptisms...

Schaghticoke Baptisms

From Dutch Reform Church Records, Schaghticoke, New York


Complete list visit the Albany Institute of History and Art , LIBRARY, Dove St. & Washington Avenue Albany, New York


Bratt (Bradt) child- Adriana, 15 Sept. 1792 - Parents Daniel Bratt & Alida lQuackenbosh

witness:  Isak Fonda and Antje V. Sandfort

Waldron, Annatia 25 June 1793, Parents William Walderom (Waldron) and Margaret Van der Werken, Witness: Daniel V. Alstine (Daniel Van Alstine) and Annatia V. Alstine



CLUTE-Abraham, b. 29 March 1793, Parents Gradus Clute & Sally Van Ness, Witness Hannah Dugan and Roelef Morroeal


Walderon (Waldron) Cate born 3 July 1793 Parents Peter Walderon and Pega (Margaret Steenberger) Witness Garrit Waldrom and Cate Waldrom


Watherwax (Weatherwax?) Peter b. 21 September 1793, Parents Bastian Watherwax and Aleher (Elsje Van Alalen) No witness was listed.


Viele, -John born 24 December 1793, Parents Jacob L. Viele and Cata (Bratt) witness John Bratt and Marget Bratt


Fosborg- Hessa, b. 15 June 1793, Parents John Fosborg and Hulda, Witness John and Jenne Bush.


Grousbeek, Cate and Polley (twins) b. 20 May 1797, Parents Jacob I Grousbeek and Anne Benneway , Witness David Benway and Walter I Grouzbeek.

(I have typed them as they are recorded.  Surnames often spelled differently)


Kline - Ellener (Elleanor probably) b. 9 November 1794 , Parents John Kline and Rachal Hunt, Witness Harman Dotey and Ellener Hunt

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